Press Release: Earthlife Africa calls for full and proper assessment of alternatives to the proposed Northern Free State coal-fired power station

MEDIA ALERT!! MEDIA!! ALERT 15th of January 2008 Will South Africa need another 5 400 MW of coal-fired electricity generation capacity in the next decade and following construction¬† of about 10 000 MW additional capacity already on the cards? If government finally implements policy commitments (see White Paper on Energy Policy 1998) to integrate externalised costs in energy planning and pricing, would a coal-fire plant, particularly one not utilising best available technology, be the “cheaper” generation option by the time it is fully commissioned? Given both the improving economic case …

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